Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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I have no idea why Canonical opted with GNOME however. KDE is where the "wow" is undoubtedly at.

It's pretty clear why they opted for Gnome - this decision was made long before Qt license change, like it was for all the other distros.

Focusing on kde 4 would be a gamble well worth making at this point in time. It's not going to happen with Suse/Novell, though.

Not to worry, there will be some good KDE options re-emerging soon ... Mandriva (now) and PCLinuxOS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for RPM-based distros, Fedora has a good KDE option, and MEPIS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for a solid Debian-based distro.

Sadly, all these hobbyist distros (apart from Fedora) are pretty irrelevant in the big picture. Ubuntu has the mindshare, community, ...; so the popularity of KDE 4 will live or die with Kubuntu. And it's not like working together to improve Kubuntu is forbidden by Ubuntu code of conduct.

Here's to hoping that Kubuntu will rock on 10.04 LTS.

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